Franco-American Collection at University of Southern Maine presents free online genealogy workshop
The Franco-American Collection (FAC) at the University of Southern Maine’s
Lewiston-Auburn College invites you to join us in the last of its series of free online
workshops exploring oral history, genealogy and memoir.
On Monday November 2, 1-2 PM, Denis Ledoux, director of The Memoir
Network, who has been helping people to write personal and family history since 1989,
will offer a mini-Turning Memories into Memoirs workshop. His Zoom tele-class will
cover five basic must-do tasks memoir writers need to tackle successfully as they prepare
to leave a written legacy. While this is a writing-focused program, its principles can be
applied to oral history or genealogy narratives. Participants will receive class downloads
after their registration. No prior writing experience or attendance in the previous
programs in the series is necessary.
Denis Ledoux’s Turning Memories Into Memoirs/A Handbook for Writing
Lifestories (1992, 1998, 2006) is a classic in the memoir-writing field and, along with his
many other titles—among them We Were Not Spoiled / Franco Memoir written with his
mother and A Sugary Frosting written using texts from his deceased wife—is available in
both hardcopy and electronic forms. He believes strongly that anyone with a strong desire
and a commitment to learn can succeed at writing an interesting memoir.
We hope you will join the Franco-American Collection in a warm welcome to the
last of our mini-series presenters this fall! There is no fee for the programs which are
made possible by a generous grant from the Québec Delegation in Boston. The
Delegation has shown itself enthusiastic in supporting Franco-American initiatives.
All programs are archived at https://video.maine.edu/channel/Franco-
s/186544603 and can be viewed at your leisure. A full listing of The Franco-American
Collection’s 2020-2021 programs is also available there.
For more information or to register, contact Denis Ledoux, the FAC board’s
Program Chair at Denis@thememoirnetwork.com or the FAC’s archivist, Anna Faherty
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (207) 753-6545. You can also register at this